Autumn of my soul….



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‘Best I love September’s yellow,                                                                                                               morns of dew-strong gossamer,                                                                                                           Thoughtful days without a stir,                                                                                                                      Rooky clamours, brazen leaves,                                                                                                                   Stubble dotted over with sheaves –                                                                                                             More than Spring’s bright uncontrol                                                                                              Suit the Autumn of my soul.’                                                            

 ~ Alex. Smth

Autumn of my soul First day of fall poetry autumnal scenes pictures poetry Goldenrod Sunflowers

“Goldenrod is one of the fairy, magical flowers…..”
~ Margaret Fuller

Goldenrod is one of the fairy magical flowers of autumn color and scenery

Lovely Lady Bug seems to find goldenrod quite magical.

Beautiful Autumn Days with out a stir.

Beautiful Autumn Days with out a stir.

First day of fall Autumn of my soul pumpkin patch pumpkin field

Pumpkins ripe in or from the field ….. Suite the Autumn of my soul!


Brazen yellow leaves of September.

Brazen yellow leaves of September.

THe many colors of fall the autumn of my soul first day of fall

The Autumn of my soul enjoys the many colors of fall.

Happy First day of fall.

Happy First day of fall.

What suites the autumn of your soul? The beautiful colors, do you have a favorite? Cooler weather? Comforting foods – pumpkin (everything), soups, homemade breads?

Do you decorate - inside or out or both. I enjoy both

Do you decorate your home and outside. I enjoy decorating both!

Fall Sunflowers Autumn of my soul poetry autumn knitting

It’s still rather hot and humid for many of us…….

So join me under the  shade of the drooping sunflower umbrella where we can chat and knit our Tasha Tudor Style shawls. It’s a calm relaxing knit whether you are a beginner or experienced knitter. You can find the PDF pattern or completed shawls on sale for Fall in my etsy shop.

From a Happy Customer

5 out of 5 stars  *****

 Angela Oct 2 , 2016

Adorable, love it, will be one of my first projects after scarves, can’t wait to make it, excellent seller, highly recommended, will buy more patterns from, thank you!

Tasha Tudor style shawl pattern Fall Autumn Sale Shawl for sale Etsy fall autumn sale

Peaceful, calm Autumnal  knitting….


OR ~  you can order a custom hand knit shawl, like Emily is wearing.



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A happy customer wearing her custom knit Tasha Tudor style  shawl


Here are a few of my handmade fall toy / decoration as well.

 Etsy Fall autumn sale elegantlyhandmade etsy Fall Decor Handmade toys Candy Corn Man Autumn of my soul

The Candy Corn Man……

You can find the Candy Corn Man, here:

Have a beautiful day!

~ Take Joy, Melissa

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Kindred Spirit – Stories of Inspiration

Tasha Tudor Lace

Tasha Tudor’s Lace ~ photograph by Richard Brown

For this years Tasha Tudor Birthday celebration, I thought it would be nice to share some of the kindred spirits stories! This would be the lovely stories that have been shared with me, from my many new Tasha Tudor kindred spirits.  They have shared with me how they came acquainted with Tasha Tudor and / or how she inspires them – what they have in common. Here is the first story from Cynthia:

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Photograph by Richard Brown.

I love Tasha, and live a lot like her. She was a wonderful human being, as well as inspirational. I live in Idaho. I have been spinning etc., for 23 years.

Basket of hand dyed wool yarn

Basket of hand dyed wool yarn – “Tasha Tudor’s Heirloom Craft” by Tovah Martin Photographs by Richard Brown

Cynthia goes on to share ~ “I love my treadle machines, I have four of them. They all have a different voice and purpose. I have two one thread chain stitch machine. Willcox Gibb and Singer.

I own one of this first singer electric sewing machines. I like using it for few of my sewing projects, such as lavender sachets I include with each Shawl order.  It only sews a straight stitch so it’s not always practical to use. It just seems befitting to use on my sachets.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~                                                                                             “I use only treadle sewing machines, I don’t own an electric, I spin, weave, hook rugs, crochet, knit a little, chop wood, hunt, fish, and the list goes on”.    ~Tasha Tudor

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The small piece of weaving on the right was the last piece Tasha was working on. This picture and more can be found in my blog post about my visit to the T.T. museum .

“I also collect and use very old kitchen tools, in good shape, and use a clothesline on good days”. 

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Do you Collect antique kitchen utensils and ware as Tasha, Cynthia and I do? Do you use yours or display them?  Cynthia and I  put our’s to use in the kitchen, as intended. I do enjoy using my old fashion egg beater when making my Sunday morning pancakes or french toast.

Afternoon Tea with Tasha Tudor 2011 Museum Exhibit, Tasha Tudor Birthday celebration, Tasha Tudor Tuesday

A beautiful view through the window ~ but who is that our in the garden? ( It is a window posters)

As March arrives, I am out in the garden planting potatoes and onions, as well as Kale and some lettuces.  After that is constant drying, canning, freezing and gardening.
You are fortunate to live close to Tasha’s place. I would love to go there, but I don’t travel at my age. I hate freeways, and fast traffic. My husband is from Pa, but I’ve never been there. I’m afraid I would want to stay”.


Fall in New England Staes New Hampshire Vermont Traveling colors of fall Vintage Poetry September Bride of Fall Vintage Home Art Magazine

I (Melissa) do not live in Vermont year round – but it does call me back each year –  spring through fall .

I would love to purchase an e pattern from you, to knit my own Tasha Tudor style shawl.

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You too, can knit your very own Tasha Tudor style shawl

If you, too, like Cynthia, would enjoy knitting your very own Tasha Tudor style Cottage shawl, you can find a pdf of my shawl pattern in my etsy shop. I will be offering at a special price  through  our Birthday month of August!  I make this special discount most years. See details at the bottom of this post

Thank you again. I have to go finish getting a lot of wood in. It is snowing again, and going to be down to 3 degrees tomorrow night. Brrrrr.


Talk soon.


Thank you so much Cynthia with me how Tasha Tudor has inspired you. I am so happy that you are pleased with my shawl pattern. I would love to see pictures of your finished shawls.

Take Joy Melissa

If you would like to know more about Tasha Tudor and her family stop by and visit their new web site:

You can find my shawl pattern here: It is on sale!

My shawls that I have knit for you – are also on SALE:

****SALE is good on completed shawls only – Limited amounts!

~ One Birch grey Vermont wool and mohair shawl here:                                                    

~ One Berry Red Vermont wool and mohair shawl Here:                                                     

~ One Red COTTON Elegance shawl here:                          

You can read more about Tasha Tudor’s shawl here;


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To My Mother

Since Mother’s Day is May 8, 2016 I was looking for poetry about Mothers, a lot of the poetry I came across pertain to the loss of one’s mother. I know that many have indeed lost their sweet mothers to heaven’s realm but I am very blessed to still have my Mother here on earth with us. My Mom is a wonderful source of inspiration and encouragement  in my life and especially with my etsy shop / boutique and my blog and I appreciate her very much.

And my Mom does love a sale so a long with some lovely poetry about Moms I am featuring some of my handmade treasures – hand-picked by my Mom, Now on sale!!

One of the first items my daughters and I created during our craft show – home show days was the very popular swarovski crystal necklace. And yes, my mom does own one.

Handmade in USA swarovski crystal mothers day gift sale

Available in two styles. Featured here with a larger center focal crystal/bead.

You can find both Necklaces here:


To My Mother

The angels, whispering to one another,
Can find, among their burning terms of love,
None so devotional as that of “Mother”

~ Edgar Allen Poe

I especially love that last line – None so devotional as that of “Mother”

My Mom loves to stay warm therefore she likes all of my hand-knits. My Mom crochets she tried knitting but prefers for us to knit for her. One of her favorites – My Tasha Tudor style shawls both cotton and wool. My shawls are hand knit by me of USA wool and mohair purchased from a local mill, in a town in Vermont where Tasha lived – I think she would approve !!

Tasha Tudor shawl sale Mothers day hand made gift sale

ON SALE  – I do not do this very often ….  See more detail in my shop.


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My lovely, cozy warm, Berry Red Tasha Tudor style shawl !



Sonnets are full of Love

Sonnets are full of love, and this my tome
Has many sonnets: so here now shall be
One sonnet more, a love sonnet, from me
To her whose heart is my heart’s quiet home,
To my first Love, my Mother, on whose knee
I learnt love-lore that is not troublesome;
Whose service is my special dignity,
And she my loadstar while I go and come
And so because you love me, and because
I love you, Mother, I have woven a wreath
Of rhymes wherewith to crown your honored name:
In you not fourscore years can dim the flame
Of love, whose blessed glow transcends the laws
Of time and change and mortal life and death.

~Christina Rossetti

“I learnt love-lore”…. and many things…..

I do believe I inherited my love of hand crafting from my Mother. She taught us  how to sew in our 4-H class. I made a bathing suit and cover up and won the Miss congeniality  award at our local fair. Ugh, I had to model that bathing suit!! My Mom made / sewed many of our outfits during elementary school. My Mom was also our Girl Scout leader and when we went to Girl Scout Camp I learned to Macrame Necklaces. I macramed and sold necklaces  while in High School. My mom crochet and My grandmother knitted, I still have some of my grandmother’s  knitting needles.

I Love you, Mother…  she, my daughters along with Dan lovingly encouraged and assisted with my next endeavor, the writing of a story pattern and creating it into a PDF – the  knitting pattern for my Tasha Tudor style Cottage Elegance Shawl a long with bonus patterns. And yes, it is ON SALE!

Tasha Tudor style shawl PDF pattern mothers day sale

My PDF digital downloadable story pattern includes Two variations of the pattern for my Tasha Tudor style cottage shawl,  A Cottage scarf along with tutorial, hints & tips on how to use left over yarn – such as making a doll shawl and hand warmers.

PDF pattern is 20% off  through Mother’s Day.

Enter coupon  code 2JOY2916 at check out. Available here:



Quality Heirloom Jewelry Mothers Day Sale Elegant jewelry fairy nuggets

Fairy Nuggets, sterling silver chain necklace available in my new AFTCRA store:


My Mom and grandmother always bought quality jewelry. I remember when she bought me a black diamond pinky ring. A lovely faceted black diamond set in a  sterling silver band and when we turned thirteen we received our birthstone ring – mine a Peridot set in 10 Kt Gold band. We also had  a few pieces of Sara Coventry and Avon,( when she was selling Avon). I still have some of the Avon jewelry – just not the same quality today!

I like my grandmother and Mom believe in heirloom quality – so that’s all I use when creating my jewelry. The Necklace above was made using genuine amethyst nuggets, quality sterling silver chain, components and clasp. Made to pass down from one generation to the next.

Please stop by my New Aftcra shop


I have a few items left in my etsy shop and it’s they place I can sell my digital PDF pattern (for now)


Mother’s Love

Her love is like
an island in life’s ocean,
vast and wide
A peaceful, quiet shelter
From the wind, the rain, the tide.

Tis bound on the north by Hope,
By Patience on the West,
By tender Counsel on the South
And on the East by Rest.

Above it like a beacon light
Shine Faith, and Truth, and Prayer;
And thro’ the changing scenes of life
I find a haven there.

~ Unknown

Happy Mothers day Yellow Rose

My mom loves yellow roses, so when I see one I take a picture and send it to her! She has an Iphone, she text, send pictures and is on FB.
Happy Mother’s Day


I think I  may like this last poem best – too bad the author is unknown ?

I love you, Mother ~ Melissa

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Fair- Maids of February

FEBRUARY ~ from ‘The Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady’

~One month is past , another has begun…..Hartley Coleridge

~ February bring no rain ‘Tis neither good for grass nor grain.

~ “In February, if thou hearest thunder,Thou shalt see a summer wonder”

~’ If Candlemas Day be fair & bright –  Winter will have another flight – But if Candlemas Day be clouds & rain – Winter is gone & will not come again.’

How was your Candlemas Day / Groundhog day? It was indeed fair & bright here and today we are having a little bit more winter like weather –  cool and rainy. Perfect weather for knitting and drinking tea.

Fair Maids of February Poetry Lord Alfred Tennyson The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady Elegantlyhandmade,

Fair – Maids of February.
Snow drops.

The Snowdrops

Many, many welcomes,
February fair-maid,
Ever as of old time,
Solitary firstling,
Coming in the cold time,
Prophet of the gay time,
Prophet of the May time,
Prophet of the roses,
Many, many welcomes,
February fair-maid!     ~ Lord Alfred Tennysen


Speaking of flowers…. some say the violet is the birth flower of February. According to ‘The New England Butt’ry Shelf Almanac’ the birthstone is Amethyst and the flower is Amaranth!?   Hmm, now I have heard of Amaranth as bird seed and even a health food and flour alternative but not as a flower representing a month of the year.

It is said that the ancient gods wore wreaths of it ; and Milton in his Paradise Lost crowns angels with it. Its meaning to the ancients was Immortality or Unfading Love.  ~ “The New England Butt’ry Shelf Almanac”

Amaranth Flower

Amaranth Flower

A quick google search led me here;

The amaranth flower is a genus of roughly 60 species, which are all considered cosmopolitan. These annual herbs, which are native to North and South America, can grow between 1 to 6 feet in height, and are thought to be very long-lasting plants. This flower, which is a member of the amaranthaceae family and amaranthoideae subfamily, is made up of a small inflorescence which blossoms from an either drooping or erect spike. Their colors range from the well-known crimson red, to purple and even golden hues. Amaranth are thought to be very hardy plants which are resistant to most diseases; however, they are susceptible to frost, and are best grown in warmer weather.

The amaranth flower is one of the most useful blossoms around. These plants are not only loved for their ornamental applications, but also for their use as a food source, dye and medicine……


The language of the VIOLET = Humility, modesty, devotion, faithfulness

Fair maids of February Valentines Day February Day flowers Poetry of February


The Lost Love ~

A violet by a mossy stone
Half-hidden from the eye!-
Fair as a star, when only one
Is shining in the sky.

~William Wordsworth

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One of my little violets with a Tasha Tudor drawing of a pretty bouquet of flower. From Tasha’s book ‘Rosemary for Remembrance’ .  This picture and post will be the remembrance of the violet I accidentally plucked. I tried to pluck off the spent violets and this happened!

The Victorian Language of flowers Violets Rose geranium lavender jasmine calendula poetry Christina Rossetti American violet society

My handmade sachets contain both flowers that I have collected and dried with some that I purchase from my local health store.  I like to include free sachets with a  purchase from my etsy shops. The brooch in this photo was purchased from my vintage shop; This customer also purchased my PDF shawl pattern from my shop.

The language of my sachets :

~ Lavender = Devotion, luck, housewifely virtue, acknowledgment

~ Pink Rose Petals = bashful love –  love, victory,pride

~ Jasmine Petal = Grace, elegance, amiability

~ Rose (Attar) Geranium = Preference

The Language of Herbs

“Plants have a language of the creator intended for our translations” ~ Louis Agassiz

~From ‘A Basket of Herbs’ By Tasha Tudor and Mary Mason Campbell


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She was as sweet as violets in the spring…..
~Christina Rossetti

Who Hath Despised The Day OF Small Things?

As violets so be I recluse and sweet,
Cheerful as daisies unaccounted rare,
Still sunward-gazing from a lowly seat,
Still sweetening wintry air.

While half-awakened Spring lags incomplete,
While lofty forest trees tower bleak and bare,
Daisies and violets own remotest heat
And bloom and make them fair.

~ Christina Rossetti
I found this poem, along with more poems about the violet by Christina Rossetti Here:
Sweet Heart Valentines Day Red Tasha Tudor Style Cottage Elegance Kindred Spirit Vermont Wool mohair Hand knit shawl PDF Pattern

My Lovely  “Cottage Elegance Sweet Heart Valentines Day Berry Red Shawl”  hand knit by me with cozy soft Vermont wool and Mohair yarn. I will offer this shawl on sale for the month of February – It is ready to ship. Enter coupon code 1TAKEJOY2015  at check out to receive 15 % off.  OR……

It’s the perfect time of year to sit by the fire and knit your own shawl Tasha Tudor Style “Cottage Elegance Kindred Spirit Shawl” So it a lovely time to offer a SALE for my PDF PATTERN.

Tasha Tudor style hand knit shawl pattern sale Valentines day Fevuary Sweet Heart sale

February PDF Pattern sale 20 % OFF enter coupon code ( starts with Numeral 1)  =  1LOVE2016 at check.


I hope you are having a sweet start to the lovely month of February.


You can find many of the Tasha Tudor books I mention in this post at her family’s site. They also have tickets available to tour Tasha’s house and gardens:

~All contents, photographs, are copyright@2016 by Melissa O’Connor



Fall, leaves, fall

Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;

Fall in New England Vermont Leaf Peeping Fall Foliage


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Join me for a little leaf peeping in New England….are your leaves falling yet?

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Fall in Vermont –

Lengthen night and shorten day;

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The fall mountains of Vermont…..poetry to the eyes.

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Every leave speaks bliss to me

Every leaf speaks bliss to me emily bronte poetry fall foliage New England autumn in Vermont leaf peeping in Vermont

Autumnal Trees

Leaf peeping fall in Vermont New England Autumn Emily Bronte poetry Fall leaves fall

Leaf peeping

Fluttering from the autumn tree.

~ Emily Bronte

Fall in New england Vermont leaf peeping Fall foliage autumnal leaves


Moose in the fall New Hampshire Fall foliage in New Englad

Happy Fall

You can find some lovely Autumnal Jewelry, Toys and housewares in my etsy shop;

My NEW SHOP:  AFTCRA.COM is a handmade in America venue. This helps to  narrow your search for handmade products down to made in the USA!

Pumpkin orange Necklace Fall Jewelry Autumnal Elegant Necklace Orange jewelry orange necklace tropical jewelry

Elegant Bright Pumpkin Orange Necklace with a lovely AB shimmer.

Autumnal Jewelry Handmade jewelry Grape Glass Bead Jewelry Made in the USA Handcrafted Harvest Autumnal Jewelry

Frosty Harvest Grapes Necklace accented with the shimmer of morning dew.

Organic Felt Toy waldorf toy handmade in USA Fall Halloween Toys decorations

The Candy Corn Man. He is much healthier for you as he is stuffed with organic cotton from the USA and made with felt that is made in the USA.


Copyright 2015 – 2016 By Melissa O’Connor

Happy Birthday Bethany – August a Month of Birthdays!!

 A Time To Keep August Birthdays Tasha 1ooth birthday celebrations remembrance Bethany Tudor Birthday August poem

From ‘A Time to Keep” by Tasha Tudor. Available at

My August is filled with many Happy Birthdays. My oldest daughter, my Gran-daughter, my niece and my birthdays are all in August –  along with my new friend! So we start the month of August off wishing Tasha Tudor’s daughter, Bethany a very happy  birthday.

                     ****AUGUST BIRTHDAY SALE***    

Every year I feature an August Sale on my Finished Shawls and my PDF pattern with instructions to knit your own shawl. So be sure to check my etsy shop listing for this years sale.

~ Here you will find my PDF pattern to knit your own Tasha Tudor style shawl:

~ Here you will find My wool Tasha Tudor style Shawl :

~ Here you find my Cotton Tasha Tudor Style shawl:

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And best of all – the birthday cake came floating down the river.
~ From the book ‘A Time to Keep’ by Tasha Tudor. Available at


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Tasha Tudor and her daughter’s Bethany and Efner.  – ‘Drawn from New England’ by Bethany Tudor

Drawn From New England By BEthan Tudor BEthany Tudor Birthday Tasha Tudor 100th Birthday Celebrations Remembrances Tasha Tudor Tuesday Tea TIme books

Drawn From New England Tasha Tudor A Portrait In Words and Pictures – By Bethany Tudor

~ ‘Bethany describes in affectionate detail the world her mother created and made famous. The result is not merely the portrait of an artist, but also a celebration of her highly individual way of life.’ – Drawn From New England

Bethany has shared many fond memories she has of growing up as Tasha Tudor’s Daughter. She does indeed have much in common with her mother.

The Private World of Tasha Tudor. By Richard brown

The Private World of Tasha Tudor. By Richard brown

Bethany shares her mom’s love of birds. And like Tasha, Bethany is the owner of forty – something birds. She likes many of the same breeds as Tasha, such as the tiny Australian diamond dove, domesticated ring neck doves from African, African cape and Tambourine dove, Zebra finches, Fife and American singers Canaries and hand raised Cockatiels. When I ring Bethany up on the phone, it is so delightful hearing the bird song in the background.  Bethany breeds birds and has a great knowledge of them. I do enjoy learning about the different birds from her – both domestic and birds in the wild.


August Birthdays Bethany Tudor Tasha Tudor

Bethany was a frequent model. 
~ Drawn From New England – By Bethany Tudor

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Bethany loved to dress up in antique costumes and pose for her mother. – Drawn from New England by Bethany Tudor

August Birthday Bethany And Tasha Tudor

Drawn From New England ~ By Bethany Tudor Tasha Tudors 100th birthday remembrance celebrations slow living mindful living

Drawn From New England by Bethany Tudor

Just encase you were wondering – Bethany prefers to wear skirts. She finds them to be more comfortable than pants.

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Here I am with my new friends Bethany Tudor. Happy Birthday Bethany! I hope you enjoyed your chocolate mousse cake!!

For A Special Friend…..

‘Mem’ry has painted this perfect day

With colors that never fade,

And we find, at the end of a perfect day,

The soul of a friend we’ve made.”

~ Carrie Jacobs – Bond

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Copyright 2015 by Melissa O’Connor



“Cottage Elegance” ~ “Kindred Spirit Shawl” Pattern

ターシャ·テューダースタイルハンドニットショールパターン Tāsha· te~yūdāsutairuhandonittoshōrupatān Tasha tudor style hand knit shawl Pattern PDF cottage elegance hand knit shawl prairie hand knit shawl simple Elegance knitting After much starting, proof reading – restarting,  gauging, sourcing. Trade marking, copyrighting, watermarking , technical lumps, bumps and hurdles……..

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You might enjoy viewing my New Post –  Old ~ January 2016

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Emma – Rose, Sally-Marie, Sally Anne and I Take Joy in letting you know that we have a limit number of “doll shawls”  (the three pictured) available in my etsy shop here….

And  my pattern to knit your own Tasha Tudor style shawl is now available…….

That the PDF downloadable pattern for my “Cottage Elegance” Tasha Tudor style “Kindred Spirit” shawl – is available in my etsy shop. The PDF pattern tells the story of how I came to design my shawls with the instructions for knitting grey wool shawl I am wearing in the top picture and suggestions for knitting your dolls a shawl – like the girls are wearing in the above picture.

This pattern includes a few bonuses. Such as…

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Tasha Tudor style “Cottage Elegance Cotton Shawl”

Five star rating from a happy, friendly lady!

***** “A beautiful, perfect, warm, lovely shawl. (Think I like it?) Melissa is a wonderful, friendly person to do business with. You will not be disappointed!!!!!”

Tasha Tudor style cottage elegance kindred spirit cotton shawl hand knit wool shawl PDF pattern Forever Christmas Red Wool Cottage scarf and hand warmers

Here you see a little bit longer version of my “Cottage Elegance Cotton Shawl” Full instruction in my PDF pattern available in my etsy shop:

I have also included a basic “Man about the Cottage Neck Warmer scarf”

A five star review from a wonderful lady who purchased a knitted scarf.

***** ” My husband loves it (Christmas gift)…thank you!”
Neck warmer scarf Cottage elegance hand knitting patterns cottage elegance by melissa kindred spirits cottage pattern pdf

This scarf would make a nice gift for a man, teenager or to layer with your shawl, as we so often see Tasha doing.!!

The Pattern for my  Tasha Tudor Style ” Cottage Elegance Kindred spirit Shawl” is now available for purchase – in my etsy shop!

Five star rating from a customer in another country.

****”Thank you for the knitting pattern!”

Yes, you can translate my pattern into your language, after you purchase it!

Forever Christmas Red Tasha Tudor Style Cottage Elegance Kindred Spirit Vermont Wool Hand knit shawl PDF Pattern

Here is my “Cottage Elegance Forever Christmas Red” Shawl knit in a lovely Berry red, cozy soft Vermont wool and mohair yarn. Instructions in my PDF Pattern


~In my pattern I share with you the story of my shawl with instruction for knitting your very own Tasha Tudor Style grey  wool “Kindred Spirit Shawl” !

~Bonus instructions for knitting my  “Cottage Elegance Cotton shawl”- as previously featured on my blog. Within my story pattern I share with you, what yarn I  use and  the best size needles to use with different yarns.

~I have also included the instructions for my  “Cottage Scarf” pattern! This scarf  makes a great gift for a man or teenage,  especially when knit in other colors such as elderberry (Purple), Balsam (Green) or raspberry red.

My “Cottage scarf” also looks nice when layered with your Shawl. I have also included many suggestions for using left over yarn!

~ Plus a separate Tutorial pdf.

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Spring Time ~ Spring pink!!

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Oh, look, there’s one little early wild rose out! Isn’t it lovely?  ~ Anne of Green Gables,LMM 

Don’t you think it must be glad to be a rose?  ~ Anne of Green Gables, LMM

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” Wouldn’t it be nice if roses could talk? I’m sure they could tell us such lovely things.  ~ Anne of Green Gables, LMM

And isn’t pink the most bewitching color in the world?  I love it……   ~Anne of Green Gables, LMM

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We hope you have had a very Happy Easter! We have been quite busy with visit from Gran – Children. My Gran – daughter’s love playing (carefully) with my Tasha Tudor (endorsed) dolls. Isn’t Emma Rose’s shawl pretty?? She has been busy knitting shawls for her twin cousins Sally – Anne and Sally- Marie. If my  pretty Tasha Tudor style brooches have been catching your eye, they are on sale through April for 20 % off!! click over to my shop.


We do hope you are having a lovely start to spring and that flowers are starting to bloom in your part of the world. We are noticing bits of ‘Spring Green’, the trees are budding out their new leaves. Oh my, the Bougainvillea are so happy!! The hibiscus and the knock off roses did real well all winter ~ keeping me quite happy with their lovely blooms.

Now my patio garden is another story!! Last summers heat was really hard on my poor little cottage patio ~ botanical buddies and a few ~ died! Then I lost a couple more this winter ~ my poor rosemary Christmas tree ~ I loved it so…but it’s gone! So I will be sprucing up on the cottage patio real soon.

In the mean time my locale  grocery store as been filled with beautiful blooms – just tempting me!! How did your garden / botanical buddies fare through the winter! Are you making your gardening plans? I would love to hear ~ please do share!!

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Rosemary, Thyme and mint. As you can see I have caved into temptation, as I had full intentions of doing so 😉 I was just waiting for a fresh looking arrival. 

” How beautiful this world is…”  ~ Tasha Tudor


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 Add some spirng color to vintage cottage decor with theses Pretty spring pastel pink and green, vintage potholders.  I am having a spring  / Mother’s Day SALE in both of my etsy shops. I would love for you to stop by and have a look, as many items will no longer be available after April. I am making some changes! Look for new and exciting things to come!!  and

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Cozy Knitting Nook – New Friends!

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Oh my, this looks like the perfect cozy, elegant cottage setting! The blue chair looks like the perfect spot to relax and loose one’s self in one of the many books on the shelves. I might would add a matching ottoman / foot stool to prop my feet on ( as I am short and my feet do not always reach the floor Lol ). Did you notice the two ivy plants trailing down from the mantle, aren’t they just lovely. Now I would move that wooded chair out , even though it’s pretty, I think I would prefer it in the dining room and add a lovely antique rocker in its place!  I can just smell the intoxicating aroma of the forced narcissus on the side table accented in the glow of the beeswax taper at its side. Such a beautiful little nook to sit and knit a Tasha Tudor style”Cottage Elegance Kindred Spirit Shawl” or maybe work on a bit of embroidery or other handwork. Please do have a seat and join me…….

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Here I  am, nice and cozy in one of my custom knit ~ Tasha Tudor style-“Cottage Elegance Kindred Spirit Shawls”. I knit my kindred spirit shawl a in a lovely shade of grey Vermont wool yarn.  I will share with you in the pattern where I purchase my yarn.


My  PDF Pattern for my Tasha Tudor Style ” Cottage Elegance Kindred  Spirit Shawl”, is now available for purchase – in my etsy shop!

In my pattern I share with you the story of my shawl along with instruction for knitting your very Tasha Tudor Style grey  wool “Kindred Spirit Shawl”, with the bonus  instructions for knitting my  “Cottage Elegance Cotton shawl”- as previously featured on my blog. Within my story pattern I share with you, what yarn I  use and  the best size needles to use.  Plus my “Cottage Elegance Scarf” pattern, that works great for layering with your Shawl, many suggestions for using left over yarn!

You may enjoy viewing my new post – Old~January 2016


Oh, Gran your shawl is so soft (as she is rubbing it on her face), can you teach me how to knit one - in purple!! Well, of coarse I will!

Oh, Gran your shawl is so soft (as she is rubbing it on her face), will you teach me how to knit one – in purple!!
Well, of course I will!

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A nice cozy corner of my home where I sit and knit. I have a couple cozy corners where I knit my Tasha Tudor style cottage shawls and work on my many other hand work projects. 

Do you have favorite little nooks that you have created and arranged in your home, just for you, where you can relax and take in the beauty around you…. looking out a window, a favorite picture or vignette ?!?

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Here I am with my new friends, Bethany Tudor – Tasha Tudors daughter, and my new china doll, Sally-Anne Tudor. I adopted Sally-Anne while traveling in Vermont. Sally-Anne has started on quite an adventure…….


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Sally-Anne was delighted to make friends with Bethany’s doll, Lucinda.
Lucinda was lovingly handcrafted for Bethany by her mom ~ Tasha Tudor.

Bethany and Lucinda have had the pleasure of meeting many Kindred Spirits.

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My doll family continues to grow ~ as long-lost relatives reunite 🙂 The girls got busy right away with their special bamboo and rosewood needles, helping to knit some doll shawls to put our little etsy boutique / shop……

I have a limited number of my 100 % wool from Vermont, hand knit doll shawls available in two sizes – in my etsy shop:


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Sally-Anne:  ” How many more Tasha Tudor style shawls do we need to knit for our kindred spirit friends? My arms are getting tired. I think we should sell the pattern to those who would love to knit a kindred spirit shawl for themselves”.

Indeed, I agree with Sally-Anne!!  The pattern is now ready for purchase here;

Please visit my blog post where I share Kindred Spirit stories.


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Handmade Happiness

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Tasha Tudor Style hand knit shawl still in progress……

HANDMADE – made by hand, not by machine, and typically therefore of “superior quality”!

HAPPINESS – …. mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.

It’s that time of year again where we are finishing up on our handmade gifts or decide  we just will not be able to get it done in time!! So that’s where I and others like me come in to help  out.

Shop from home, where you can avoid the pushing crowds, the horrid traffic ~ to just end up  walking away with something you really did not want, made of poor quality!  So just sit back in your easy chair with a cup of tea and browse through the lovely handmade items that are available to you here on the internet on places such as etsy.


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Lovely in red, perfect touch of color to wrap about yourself during the long winter days.

My Long Winter red wool scarf is the perfect gift to keep one toasty warm! Available  ://




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You can find these lovely vintage, novelty brooches in my vintage shop ~


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Just in time for winter. This warm soft organic Vermont wool scarf

Can’t you just picture Tasha wearing this scarf wrapped several times around her neck to keep warm, as she is spinning wool or sitting at the end of her table drawing. It’s a generous 71″ long making it just perfect for wrapping several cozy times around your neck. This scarf is made from the same Vermont organic yarn, that my shawls are knit from. I think the man about the place would appreciate this scarf as a gift, perfect for Christmas or Fathers Day.

Available in my etsy shop here:

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Some of my kitchen set come with a small cherry wood spatula or spreader.

I think many people appreciate and enjoy giving and receiving quality handmade gift, whether, made by your own hands or by the love and care of someone else. What’s important is to think about the person you are choosing the gift for, make sure to look for something you believe they would really like, pay attention to  the style of their clothing and accessories, the style of their home deco, what colors they may like etc. Then you will truly being gifting a portion of thyself, when you put some thought and craftsmanship into the making or purchasing of gifts.